Special Issue "Health Effects of Future Traffic Noise"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Occupational Safety and Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Andreas Seidler
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Technische Universität Dresden, Faculty of Medicine, Institute and Policlinic of Occupational and Social Medicine, Postal Address: Fetscherstr. 74, 01307 Dresden, Germany
Interests: environmental epidemiology; health effects of traffic noise; occupational epidemiology; preventive health services research; systematic reviews; prevention of mental disorders; cancer epidemiology
Dr. Janice Hegewald
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Technische Universität Dresden, Faculty of Medicine, Institute and Policlinic of Occupational and Social Medicine, Postal Address: Fetscherstr. 74, 01307 Dresden, Germany
Interests: occupational and environmental epidemiology; health effects of traffic noise; systematic reviews and meta-analytic methods; prevention of mental disorders; cancer epidemiology
Ms. Karla A. Romero
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MSc Epidemiology, M.S. Chemical Engineering
Technische Universität Dresden, Faculty of Medicine, Institute and Policlinic of Occupational and Social Medicine, Postal Address: Fetscherstr. 74, 01307 Dresden, Germany
Interests: epidemiology of work and retirement; cognitive ageing; psychosocial workload; occupational epidemiology; systematic reviews and meta-analytic methods

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last few years, knowledge about the health effects of traffic noise has grown immensely: several studies have found (inter alia) sleep disturbance, cardiovascular diseases and depression to be associated with exposure to traffic noise. However, there are considerable research gaps concerning specific disease risks for specific noise patterns—including the question of the health effects of combined noise from several traffic sources. Furthermore, traffic noise is going to change: the end of fuel combustion-powered mobility seems to be near, and new mobility concepts are developing, particularly in urban living environments. This special session at the Annual Meeting of the German Society of Social Medicine and Prevention (DGSMP), taking place from September 12 to 14, 2018 in Dresden, will consider these two topics, future mobility and the health effects of traffic noise, together. During this session, we expect to gain new insights for scientists in the field of acoustics, engineering, epidemiology, and public health, but also for urban city planners and political decision makers. The results of this highly relevant topic will be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH).

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Prof. Dr. Andreas Seidler
Dr. Janice Hegewald
Ms. Karla A. Romero
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Road Traffic Noise at the Residence, Annoyance, and Cognitive Function in Elderly Women
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(10), 1790; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16101790 - 20 May 2019
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The detrimental effects of traffic noise on cognition in children are well documented. Not much is known about the health effects in adults. We investigated the association of residential exposure to road traffic noise and annoyance due to road traffic noise with cognitive [...] Read more.
The detrimental effects of traffic noise on cognition in children are well documented. Not much is known about the health effects in adults. We investigated the association of residential exposure to road traffic noise and annoyance due to road traffic noise with cognitive function in a cohort of 288 elderly women from the longitudinal Study on the influence of Air pollution on Lung function, Inflammation and Aging (SALIA) in Germany. Residential noise levels—weighted 24-h mean (LDEN) and nighttime noise (LNIGHT)—were modeled for the most exposed facade of dwellings and dichotomized at ≥50 dB(A). Traffic noise annoyance (day and night) was estimated by questionnaire. Cognitive function was assessed using the Consortium to Establish a Registry on Alzheimer’s Disease (CERAD-Plus) Neuropsychological Assessment Battery. The modeled noise levels were associated with impaired total cognition and the constructional praxis domain, independently of air pollution. Self-reported noise annoyance was associated with better performance in semantic memory and constructional praxis domains. This finding should be interpreted with caution since we could not control for potential confounding by hearing loss. Noise levels and annoyance were associated, but their health effects seemed mutually independent. Full article
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Is the Whole More Than the Sum of Its Parts? Health Effects of Different Types of Traffic Noise Combined
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(9), 1665; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16091665 - 13 May 2019
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Many epidemiological studies find that people exposed to aircraft, road or railway traffic noise are at increased risk of illness, including cardiovascular disease (CVD) and depression. It is unclear how the combined exposure to these different types of traffic noise affects disease risks. [...] Read more.
Many epidemiological studies find that people exposed to aircraft, road or railway traffic noise are at increased risk of illness, including cardiovascular disease (CVD) and depression. It is unclear how the combined exposure to these different types of traffic noise affects disease risks. This study addresses this question with a large secondary data-based case-control study (“NORAH disease risk study”). The Akaike information criterion (AIC) is used to compare two different models estimating the disease risks of combined traffic noise. In comparison with the conventional energetic addition of noise levels, the multiplication of CVD risks as well as depression risks reveals a considerably better model fit as expressed by much lower AIC values. This is also the case when risk differences between different types of traffic noise are taken into account by applying supplements or reductions to the single traffic noise pressure levels in order to identify the best fitting energetic addition model. As a consequence, the conventionally performed energetic addition of noise levels might considerably underestimate the health risks of combined traffic noise. Based on the NORAH disease risk study, “epidemiological risk multiplication” seems to provide a better estimate of the health risks of combined traffic noise exposures compared to energetic addition. If confirmed in further studies, these results should imply consequences for noise protection measures as well as for traffic planning. Full article
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Traffic Noise and Mental Health: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(17), 6175; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176175 - 25 Aug 2020
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Recent evidence suggests that traffic noise may negatively impact mental health. However, existing systematic reviews provide an incomplete overview of the effects of all traffic noise sources on mental health. We conducted a systematic literature search and summarized the evidence for road, railway, [...] Read more.
Recent evidence suggests that traffic noise may negatively impact mental health. However, existing systematic reviews provide an incomplete overview of the effects of all traffic noise sources on mental health. We conducted a systematic literature search and summarized the evidence for road, railway, or aircraft noise-related risks of depression, anxiety, cognitive decline, and dementia among adults. We included 31 studies (26 on depression and/or anxiety disorders, 5 on dementia). The meta-analysis of five aircraft noise studies found that depression risk increased significantly by 12% per 10 dB LDEN (Effect Size = 1.12, 95% CI 1.02–1.23). The meta-analyses of road (11 studies) and railway traffic noise (3 studies) indicated 2–3% (not statistically significant) increases in depression risk per 10 dB LDEN. Results for road traffic noise related anxiety were similar. We did not find enough studies to meta-analyze anxiety and railway or aircraft noise, and dementia/ cognitive impairment and any traffic noise. In conclusion, aircraft noise exposure increases the risk for depression. Otherwise, we did not detect statistically significant risk increases due to road and railway traffic noise or for anxiety. More research on the association of cognitive disorders and traffic noise is required. Public policies to reduce environmental traffic noise might not only increase wellness (by reducing noise-induced annoyance), but might contribute to the prevention of depression and anxiety disorders. Full article
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Behavioral and Emotional Disorders and Transportation Noise among Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(18), 3336; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16183336 - 10 Sep 2019
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Children and adolescents may be particularly vulnerable to environmental influences such as noise which can affect mental well-being. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the effect of transportation noise on behavioral and emotional disorders in children and adolescents using a [...] Read more.
Children and adolescents may be particularly vulnerable to environmental influences such as noise which can affect mental well-being. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the effect of transportation noise on behavioral and emotional disorders in children and adolescents using a meta-analytic approach. Therefore, we searched four databases (Pubmed, Embase, PsychINFO, and PSYNDEX) and grey literature until February of 2019. We identified 14 articles from 10 studies examining the effect of transportation noise exposure on the mental health of children. These studies predominately used the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) and mainly focused on schoolchildren and adolescents aged 9–10 years and 15–17 years in Europe. Three studies could be included in the meta-analysis. In sum, the odds for hyperactivity/inattention and total difficulties was significantly increased by 11% (Odds Ratio, OR = 1.11 (95% Confidence Interval, CI 1.04–1.19), respectively 9% (95% CI 1.02–1.16) per 10 dB road traffic noise. Thus, we obtained evidence for an effect of road traffic noise on hyperactivity/inattention and total difficulties, although we could consider few studies. Future studies are needed that use similar techniques to assess outcomes and exposures at schools and in homes. This would make it possible to conduct an individual participant data pooled analysis of the data. Full article
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